Former Ivorian president Henri Konan Bedie to vie for presidency on opposition ticket

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Ivory Coast’s 86-year-old former president Henri Konan Bedie said Sunday that “age is an asset” ahead of being declared his opposition party’s candidate for October’s tense presidential election.

After years of political turbulence in the West African country, the election has been tipped into uncertainty by the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly earlier this month.

Coulibaly was a popular figure, seen as the anointed successor of President Alassane Ouattara, who had ruled out…

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